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NREL’s Clean Energy Development Map

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The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created a zoomable, draggable Google-style map that allows users to explore where clean energy resources are located within the United States. Included in the available list of resources are hydro, biomass residue, geothermal, solar PV, solar thermal, off- and on-shore wind, and wave power. One can zoom in to view their town, county, congressional district, or other region of interest to see what resources are available to them according to a group of data resources.

While the interface can get a bit tricky at times – in particular, when you zoom in beyond the county level or try to quickly identify resources by their color – the interface provides an interesting tool for visualizing the nation’s clean energy resources.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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